Maine Romance Writers’ 2017
STRUT YOUR STUFF CONTEST
The 2017 Maine Romance Writers’ STRUT YOUR STUFF CONTEST is NOW OPEN!
And we’re excited to announce this year’s contest is open to published and unpublished authors!
PUBLISHED authors enter your blurb and cover to be judged. First round finalists will be entered in our online Readers’ Choice Awards and have a chance to get their book in front of potential readers.
UNPUBLISHED manuscripts may be entered in the unpubbed portion of our contest. Submit the blurb only. First round finalists will be sent to acquiring agent, JESSICA WATTERSON of the Dijkstra Literary Agency, who will be this year’s final round judge for unpublished entries.
** PUBLISHED BOOKS **
• * Books of any length and an original copyright date of 2016 may be entered in any of the five categories below.
• *Authors may enter more than one 2016 released book with separate entry form and fee for each title.
** UNPUBLISHED BOOKS **
• *Any author may enter a blurb in the unpublished portion of the contest as long as the book being entered has never been published in any format and is not or will not be under contract to be published before May 21, 2017. Books of any length may be entered.
• * Authors may submit more than one blurb with separate entry form and fee for each title.
• Entries for both contests will be accepted until midnight EST FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017
• No membership requirements
• MRW Reserves the right to administratively disqualify an entry. In the event an entry is disqualified the entry fee will be refunded.
• $15 for Published Books (Blurb & Cover)
• $10 for Unpublished books (Blurb Only)
• *Science Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
• *Contemporary Romance (Encompasses Suspense and Spiritual in this time period)
• *Historical Romance (Encompasses Suspense and Spiritual in this time period)
• *Sexiest Romance
• *YA/NA with Romance Elements
• Judges will use a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest) to score entries
• Judges’ decisions are final
• Finalists are the three top scoring entries in each category
• Finalists for the UNPUBLISHED entries will be sent to acquiring agent, Jessica Watterson of the Dijkstra Literary Agency
• Finalists for the PUBLISHED entries will be entered in the online READER’S CHOICE portion of our contest.
• All finalists will be notified by email April 2
(Published Entries Only)
(Published Entries Only)
• All Finalists will have their blurb and cover posted on our website and voting will be open to the public.
• Contest runs April 3 – April 28, 2017
• All winners will be announced at our 2017 MAINE ROMANCE WRITERS’ RETREAT in Portland, ME on May 19, 2017 at our awards dinner.
1st Place Winners in Each Category (Published and Unpublished): “Winner” Certificate
Judges’ Choice Grand Prize Winner for Published Books: $25 cash award, certificate and electronic badge to use on social media platforms, and a one-year membership to Maine Romance Writers
Readers’ Choice Grand Prize Winner for Published Books: $25 cash award, certificate and electronic badge to use on social media platforms, and a one-year membership to Maine Romance Writers.
Grand Prize Winner for Unpublished Books: $25 cash award, certificate and electronic badge to use on social media platforms and a one-year MRW membership.